Panasonic announces the new Leica 12mm f/1.4 APSH Summilux lens!



12mm f/1.4 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama.

Reviews and hands-on:
Full review at CameraLabs. Review at ePhotozine. Review at Photographyblog. Hands-on at Dpreview. Image samples at Cameras.Reviewed. SystemKameraBlog (German). Photoscala (German). DSLRmagazine (Spanish). Hands-on by Quesabesde (Spanish).

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Key specs and info:

  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • One ED Element, Two UED Elements
  • Weather-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm







12mm f/1.4 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama.

The H-X012 Micro Four Thirds Professional Wide Angle Mirrorless Lens

NEWARK, NJ (July 1, 2016) – Panasonic unveiled a new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 24 mm) digital interchangeable lens for Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. The new 12mm wide-angle lens enables photographers to capture beautiful group, event, and nature photography. It also allows indoor shooting in low lighting and produces an impressive, natural defocusing effect with its F1.4 aperture. In addition, the LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. boasts a rugged, splash/dust-proof design (when combined with splash and dustproof LUMIX G Mirrorless camera models) to meet the needs of a wide-range of photographic situations.

Integrating two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, the lens system is comprised of 15 elements in 12 groups. The adoption of five special lenses makes it possible to meet the stringent LEICA standard for exceptional image quality with high resolution and minimum distortion. In general, flare is commonly seen around the periphery of a point source with many high-speed lenses when a large aperture is employed. However, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. achieves high resolution from the center of the image to the corners by suppressing this flare. Users can take advantage of this lens to shoot a brilliant night skies or night scenes containing illumination to capture true-to-life images with minimal blurring and distortion at the edges. The multi-coated lens elements also minimize ghosting and flaring.

Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. is capable of smooth, silent operation together with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at a maximum of 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. This stunning AF performance is excellent for recording 4K videos, where precise focusing is essential.

The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. comes with an aperture ring for direct, intuitive aperture control. Nine blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. A highly reliable metal mount assures durability for repeated use. The lens mount, the barrel and the hood are all made of metal to provide a sleek, sophisticated design that matches the entire line-up of LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras.



Panasonic GX80/85 tested by Dpreview: “impresses with image quality, versatility”



Dpreview posted the full GX80/85 review. The camera earned the Silver Award with a 82% overall score:

“So what do you get if you buy a Panasonic GX85? You get a 4K capable camera that can be used handheld thanks to great image stabilization. You also get an impressive stills camera with good image quality which can shoot fast action with relative ease thanks to its very good autofocus system and burst rate of 6 fps with AF-C. You get a logically designed body with enough custom buttons to satisfy most, a tilting LCD with an excellent touch interface and easy-to-use Wi-Fi connectivity.
What you don’t get is weather-sealing, microphone or headphone jacks, an external battery charger or the latest generation 20MP Four Thirds sensor. But most casual shooters can probably live without those things.”

Store links:
Black GX80/85 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. WexUK. ParkUK.
Silver GX80/85 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. ParkUK.


(FT5) Leaked! First images of the new Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH lens!

Panasonic 12mm f1.4 Summilux ASPH lens

Panasonic 12mm f1.4 Summilux ASPH lens

Panasonic will announce a new Panasonic 12mm f1.4 Summilux ASPH lens on June 15! The lens has the “Leica” brand. The close focus distance is 20cm and the filter size of 62mm. There is yet no info about the price and possible shipment date. The current other 25mm Summulix lens from Panasonic is priced around 600 Euro/Dollars.

Stay tuned on 43rumors and follow the announcement live on 43rumors at 5-6am London time of June 15!


One more thing: There is yet no rumor about a possible camera announcement coming too. So don’t expect to see a GH5 tomorrow…

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